Cedar Point: Longaberger/AAA (5/6-7)

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Sunday, May 7, 2000 6:10 PM
Where oh where to begin...

I think Dan put it best; It was good to be home. So far this year I've been to Kennywood, PKI and SFO, and even though this was not the official opening weekend, it was the only park that was fully operational. There were no unpainted or unlandscaped areas, unfinished rides, etc. The park looked like it did on closing day, sans the Halloweekends stuff and the addition of MF.

Let me cut to the chase... Millennium Force is everything I hoped for and more. The view from the front seat is insane. It feels like you'll tumble off the front of the car. The pull-out is intense, as is the turn in to the first tunnel.

If I had to describe the ride in short form, I would say that it is the most sustained speed and intensity on any ride, period. I know people will want to compare it to things, but just as you can't fairly compare a CCI woodie with Magnum, you can't compare MF with anything. If I had one coaster ride I could take before dying, this would be it.

I talked briefly with Monty Jasper, thanking him for the outstanding work. It is really a thing to behold. It's so insanely smooth. Magnum actually felt rough after riding this thing.

The energy people had on the platform was unlike anything I had ever seen, even after three hours (more on that later). It's also the first time I've ever seen 36 people on a train with their hands up... every one. The crazy thing is that it looked that way on most trains. This is something more than a crowd pleaser. I would compare it to a religious experience.

On to the technical... They opened with only one train on Saturday, and it made for a two-hour wait for the basket folk. They finally added the second train by midday. The problem was apparently the anti-rollback device, which would not disengage. When it would drag, it was loud enough to hear anywhere in the park. They did not run three trains because they couldn't move them out in testing fast enough.䤀 戀攀琀 琀栀攀礀✀氀氀 最攀琀 琀栀攀 椀渀琀攀爀瘀愀氀 爀椀最栀琀 戀礀 渀攀砀琀 眀攀攀欀攀渀搀⸀㰀戀爀㸀਀㰀戀爀㸀਀䘀漀爀 琀栀攀 爀攀挀漀爀搀Ⰰ 琀栀攀爀攀 愀爀攀 渀漀 眀栀攀攀氀 瀀爀漀戀氀攀洀猀⸀ 吀栀攀 漀渀攀 漀搀搀 琀栀椀渀最 椀猀 琀栀愀琀Ⰰ 氀椀欀攀 匀甀瀀攀爀洀愀渀㨀 刀椀搀攀 漀昀 匀琀攀攀氀 愀琀 匀椀砀 䘀氀愀最猀 䐀愀爀椀攀渀 䰀愀欀攀Ⰰ 琀栀攀 眀栀攀攀氀猀 漀渀 琀栀攀 洀椀搀搀氀攀 琀爀愀椀渀猀 愀爀攀 猀漀洀攀 猀漀爀琀 漀昀 漀渀攀ⴀ瀀椀攀挀攀 愀氀洀漀猀琀 瀀氀愀猀琀椀挀 氀漀漀欀椀渀最 眀栀攀攀氀猀⸀ 一漀琀 猀甀爀攀 眀栀愀琀 琀栀攀 戀攀渀攀昀椀琀 漀昀 琀栀椀猀 椀猀⸀㰀戀爀㸀਀㰀戀爀㸀਀吀栀攀 氀椀昀琀 椀猀 愀戀漀甀琀 ㈀  猀攀挀漀渀搀猀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 昀爀漀洀 琀栀攀 搀爀漀瀀 琀漀 琀栀攀 戀爀愀欀攀 爀甀渀 椀猀 漀渀氀礀 愀 氀椀琀琀氀攀 漀瘀攀爀 愀 洀椀渀甀琀攀⸀ 䤀琀 昀氀椀攀猀℀㰀戀爀㸀਀㰀戀爀㸀਀吀栀攀 挀愀洀攀爀愀 昀漀爀 漀渀ⴀ爀椀搀攀 瀀栀漀琀漀猀 椀猀 椀渀 琀栀攀 猀攀挀漀渀搀 琀甀渀渀攀氀⸀ 吀栀攀爀攀 愀爀攀 洀漀爀攀 搀攀琀愀椀氀猀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 䤀✀洀 猀甀爀攀 䤀✀氀氀 戀爀椀渀最 琀栀攀洀 甀瀀 漀瘀攀爀 琀栀攀 挀漀甀爀猀攀 漀昀 琀栀攀 渀攀砀琀 昀攀眀 眀攀攀欀猀⸀㰀戀爀㸀਀㰀戀爀㸀਀䄀氀猀漀Ⰰ 䜀椀愀渀琀 圀栀攀攀氀 椀猀 栀漀洀攀⸀ 吀栀攀 爀椀搀攀 氀漀漀欀猀 猀瀀攀挀琀愀挀甀氀愀爀 琀栀攀爀攀⸀ 䄀氀猀漀Ⰰ 琀栀攀爀攀 愀爀攀 猀攀瘀攀爀愀氀 猀琀爀椀瀀猀 漀昀 挀漀渀挀爀攀琀攀 昀漀爀洀攀搀 琀漀 氀漀漀欀 氀椀欀攀 眀漀漀搀⸀ 䌀漀椀渀挀椀搀攀渀挀攀㼀 䤀 搀漀渀✀琀 琀栀椀渀欀 猀漀⸀ 吀栀攀 漀琀栀攀爀 渀攀眀 渀攀眀猀 椀渀 爀攀氀愀琀椀漀渀 琀漀 琀栀攀 眀愀琀攀爀昀爀漀渀琀 搀攀瘀攀氀漀瀀洀攀渀琀 䤀✀瘀攀 戀攀攀渀 琀愀氀欀椀渀最 愀戀漀甀琀 昀漀爀 愀最攀猀 椀猀 琀栀愀琀 䤀✀瘀攀 渀漀眀 氀攀愀爀渀攀搀 琀栀愀琀 琀栀攀 漀氀搀 挀愀琀攀爀椀渀最 戀甀椀氀搀椀渀最 眀椀氀氀 瀀爀漀戀愀戀氀礀 最漀 愀眀愀礀 ⠀琀栀攀 挀漀渀瘀攀渀琀椀漀渀 挀攀渀琀攀爀⤀⸀㰀戀爀㸀਀㰀戀爀㸀਀䤀✀洀 昀爀椀攀搀 愀昀琀攀爀 琀眀漀 伀ⴀ䌀 搀愀礀猀 愀琀 琀栀攀 瀀愀爀欀Ⰰ 猀漀 䤀✀洀 最漀椀渀最 琀漀 氀攀愀瘀攀 椀琀 愀琀 琀栀椀猀 昀漀爀 渀漀眀⸀㰀戀爀㸀਀㰀戀爀㸀਀吀栀攀 昀甀琀甀爀攀 䤀匀 爀椀搀椀渀最 椀琀℀㰀戀爀㸀਀㰀戀爀㸀਀ⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀ㰀戀爀㸀਀䨀攀昀昀㰀戀爀㸀਀圀攀戀洀愀猀琀攀爀⼀䄀搀洀椀渀 ⴀ 䌀漀愀猀琀攀爀䈀甀稀稀⸀挀漀洀
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Sunday, May 7, 2000 8:05 PM
I feel like such a loser going to SFO :)

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Closing Time: 5:30
CP Arrival Time: 5:50

Whose Line is it Anyway?
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Monday, May 8, 2000 8:04 AM
I really don't think much buzztalk will include PKI for a while, then. Thanks for the info Jeff, sounds like the experience that something this big should be...purely sexual!!! I can't wait to compare it to...uhm...what...ah...nothing? Where all other 2000 coasters will be compared to something that we have ridden, this one will be in a class by itself.

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There's nothing like a woodie...
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Monday, May 8, 2000 8:57 AM
Ah well, not quite... MF is already drawing comparisons to another soon-to be Intamin classic, SFNE Superman.
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Monday, May 8, 2000 9:59 AM
How is that possible? How many people have actually been on both?

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Monday, May 8, 2000 11:05 AM
Exactly my point, comparisons are *always* made between coasters, whether they are valid or not.
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Monday, May 8, 2000 11:57 AM
BTW Jeff, how effective are the tunnels at night?
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Monday, May 8, 2000 1:40 PM
I will have ridden both Jeff after this weekend. :o)

Natalie
YA BABY! DO I MAKE YOU RANDY!?
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Monday, May 8, 2000 6:21 PM
Then I want to be there when you get off of MF!

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Monday, May 8, 2000 7:31 PM
Jeff, man, that story of your trip psyched me up sooo much!!!! God I can't wait! I read Monty Jasper's message about riding the MF. He said it feels like it actually curves under itself. Did it feel that way to you?
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Shawn Bailes
Webmaster of Coasters R Us
http://coastersrus.home-page.org
Enjoy Your Ride!
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Monday, May 8, 2000 7:33 PM
Jeff, I forgot to ask this. What is the top speed of MF? I know they said it got faster each run, but how fast is it now?
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Shawn Bailes
Webmaster of Coasters R Us
http://coastersrus.home-page.org
Enjoy Your Ride
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Monday, May 8, 2000 7:45 PM
Yes, it felt like I was going to roll forward out of the car.

The trains are going about 92, as advertised. It's the overall interval that is a little shorter than expected.

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Tuesday, May 9, 2000 4:55 AM
That is totally awesome man! I just hope I don't fall out...hehe :)
92 mph... Pretty fast....
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Shawn Bailes
Webmaster of Coasters R Us
http://coastersrus.home-page.org
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